ADAM SCOTT is just two shots off the pace after a first round of the 2012 Tour Championship that saw Tiger Woods better chief rival and playing partner Rory McIlroy.
Woods (66) is on 4-under tied for the lead with England’s Justin Rose with Scott (68) is on 2-under tied for seventh and McIlroy (69) a stroke further back tied for 12th.
John Senden was 2-over tied for 26th whilst coming last in the 30 man field at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta is Nick Watney.
Theoretically, they all still have a chance to win the US PGA Tour Playoff for the FedEx Cup and pocket the US$10 million bonus.
Woods is going for his third Cup victory, McIlroy is third Playoff event victory in a row and Scott would like his first win of the year.
With all the pre-tournament hype about the Woods versus McIlroy rivalry, walking the course together all smiles and laughter, they look more like they are going steady.
Woods had a big opportunity to birdie his last two holes and take the outright lead but had to be satisfied pars.
“I probably could have gotten a couple more out of it,” he said after wards. “But I was probably right on my number.”
He knows the goal and how to counter any moves any of the other golfers may make : “Just winning,” he said. “Winning takes care of everything.”
McIlroy wasn’t too concerned about a comparatively slower start. He shouldn’t be with some of the magical stroke play and putting he displayed.
“Wish I could have shot a couple shots better,” the 23 year old said. “But I’m in a good position going into tomorrow.”
Scott started poorly with a three-putt bogey on the second hole but fought back to finish well in contention.
“I played really lovely apart from a couple of swings on the front,” Scott said. “I was playing fine, but obviously five and six are tough, and I made a couple bad swings and made bogies. But I figured I’m playing fine and I’d get my opportunities, so I got back to hitting fairways and greens and had a few chances which was nice.”
2012 Tour Championship Australian TV Times
The Tour Championship is being telecast live in Australia on Fox Sports with the usual daily replays.
LIVE. 2nd Round: 3am – 8am. 3rd Round: 2am – 8am. Final Round: 2am – 8am.
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